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Higher education chancellor wants more high schools to take up co-requisite model
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Separate studies released in the past week show West Virginia with one of the nation’s highest high school graduation rates while at the same time a larger percentage of those graduates having to take remedial courses when they get to college.

It’s a situation that has drawn the attention of many including...


SBA approves nearly $60 million in school construction, renovation projects
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia School Building Authority board Monday awarded about $59.1 million in construction and renovation money to 22 county school systems, including $7 million to fix the heating and cooling issues and replace part of the roof of Kanawha County’s Ben Franklin Career Center.

About a dozen Ben Franklin teachers filed a grievance...


Proposed social studies requirement reductions in WV criticized
By Ryan Quinn Staff writer

State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine told the West Virginia Board of Education this week that “interestingly, there’s strong sentiment not to reduce a social studies credit, very strong.”

He was talking about feedback received so far on the state school board’s proposed changes to a rule known as Policy 2510. The proposed changes include reducing, from four to...


WV state school board approves closing three Brooke schools
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

HUNTINGTON — The West Virginia Board of Education approved Tuesday closing three of Brooke County’s seven public elementary schools.

The state school board, meeting at Marshall University’s Memorial Student Center, also heard that the state’s four-year high school graduation rate for last school year was 89.4 percent, about the same as the prior school year...


PEIA hosts final hearing regarding benefit changes in Charleston
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Around 80 people attended a public hearing Wednesday at the University of Charleston to criticize proposed changes to health insurance benefits hosted by the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

The PEIA Finance Board listened to multiple public speakers, all of whom voiced opposition to the 2018-2018 benefits plan. The proposal includes a two-percent...